My elderly mother is blind. What should I look for in a nursing home?

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nurse helping elderly blind womanYou want your parent to be safe and well cared for in a nursing home. Therefore, you are taking the time to find the nursing home that is the right fit for her based on her unique needs.

Many nursing homes do not advertise how they accommodate residents who are blind. Accordingly, it is important to ask specific questions before you decide where your parent should live. Some of these questions may include:

  • Have you ever had a blind resident before? What accommodations did you make?
  • How will you prevent falls?
  • How will you assist with meals and medication?
  • Are there any Braille markers in the facility?
  • How will you develop a care plan for my parent?
  • How is the facility staffed? How can my parent get a staff member’s attention if help is necessary? How often do staff members check on residents?

Your parent may have specific questions or concerns that should also be addressed.

Careful Planning Doesn’t Prevent All Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse

Even if you take the time to find a nursing home that you believe to be a safe facility and a good fit for your parent, your parent could still be the victim of nursing home neglect or abuse. For example, a nursing home staff member may fail to:

  • Read prescription bottles before giving it to a resident
  • Check on a resident and assist the resident when help is needed
  • Warn the resident of slip or trip and fall hazards
  • Protect the resident from abuse by staff or other residents

Nursing home residents deserve to live free from abuse or neglect. If your mom has been abused or neglected, we encourage you to take action to protect her rights. You can contact our experienced Kentucky nursing home abuse and neglect law firm for a free and confidential consultation. We will review your mom’s case and provide you with an honest opinion about your next legal steps so that you can talk to her about what to do next. Call us or fill out our online contact form today to schedule your free case evaluation.

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